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Wittenberg Market Square
Merchant's Bridge, Erfurt
Zwingli statue in Zurich
Reformers Wall, Geneva
On this 13 day tour we travel to the countries where the Reformation began. We’ll journey back to the spiritual roots of the reformed church by visiting four countries. We will see sites where the Reformation took hold, obtain a broader understanding of the history of the church, and gain new appreciation of the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us. Starting in Prague and ending in Geneva, the tour will visit key Reformation sites in the Czech Republic, Germany, France, and Switzerland.
We will enjoy guided tours at prominent Reformation sites, a river cruise in Prague, worship with an English-speaking ministry in Wittenberg, a reception at the Bach House in Eisenach, castle and cathedral tours, and much more. In addition to the guided tours, our schedule will allow for personal time to explore these sites and soak up the culture. Beyond the sights and sounds of the architecture, art and music, the trip will also be filled with friends, fellowship, and lots of good food and fun. Come join us on this adventure!
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Fly
Group flights will be arranged from the USA. (IF)
Day 2: Prague
On arrival in Prague, we will meet our tour director and board our bus to transfer as a group to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, with an optional walking tour. Our Welcome Meal is in the hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Prague
We will begin our day with a tour of Prague, including Bethlehem Chapel, Jan Hus Memorial, Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn. In the afternoon we will take a one-hour river cruise which will include a hot drink and cake. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 4: Prague
After breakfast in our hotel, we will have a morning tour of Prague Castle, then walk down Golden Lane toward the Charles Bridge. The afternoon will be at leisure to explore with the option to visit the Prague Christian Library to deliver the donated books and DVDs. We will enjoy a Czech folklore dinner at U Marcanu Restaurant before returning to our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Dresden, Wittenberg
This morning we will drive to Dresden and we’ll attend the morning service in the Frauenkirche, Germany’s largest Protestant church, which is usually performed with vocal church music. We’ll have some free time to buy lunch and look around the city. In the afternoon, we will drive to Wittenberg and check in to our hotel. The evening is at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Wittenberg
This morning our local guide will take us on a tour of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church (Schlosskirche). Although the original doors were destroyed in the Seven Years War, we can see Luther’s texts cast in bronze on the new doors. We will visit St. Mary’s Church where Luther regularly preached and visit the Old Latin School next door. Luther’s former home, the Lutherhalle, is now a Reformation Museum and we will see where he lived with his family, as well as some of Luther’s very own personal library, rare manuscripts, and early Bibles. Our tour will also include Cranach Hof. We will have a devotional service with the Wittenberg English Ministry at the end of the tour. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 7: Erfurt
After breakfast, we will drive to Erfurt. On arrival, we will begin with a self-guided tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral, then we will meet our guide outside for a walking tour which will include the Church of St. Severus and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will also tour the Augustinian Monastery where Luther became a monk on July 17, 1505. We will be able to see his monastic quarters, including one cell furnished to look as it would have when he lived there. We will also have time for a private service in the Monastery chapel. After the tour, we will continue on to Eisenach and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 8: Eisenach
In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the Wartburg Castle after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. We will tour the Wartburg and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just eleven weeks. We will end the tour with a group lunch. In the afternoon, we will have an optional tour of St. George’s Church and Luther House, then enjoy free time before a special evening reception at the Bach House. (B/L)
Day 9: Heidelberg, Strasbourg
After breakfast, we will drive to Heidelberg. We will take a tour of Heidelberg Castle and visit Philosophers’ Walk, a path on the mountainside that overlooks the old town and castle, where Heidelberg’s philosophers and university professors would walk. In the afternoon, we will drive to Strasbourg. We will dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 10: Strasbourg, Constance, Zurich
This morning we will have a guided tour of Strasbourg, including the Cathedral, St. Thomas’ Church, and La Petite France. We will also take a canal cruise. After our cruise, we will drive to Constance and we will pray on the spot where the pre-Reformer Jan Hus was martyred and see the Cathedral where some of the trials were held. We will continue on to Zurich where we will have dinner and check in to our hotel. (B/D)
Day 11: Zurich, Geneva
This morning we will meet up with our guide in Zurich, to learn about Zwingli and the Anabaptists on a tour of the key Reformation sites in Zurich. We will have free time for lunch, then we will drive to Geneva and check in to our hotel. (B)
Day 12: Geneva
Our morning will have the option of attending a church service in Geneva. In the afternoon we will have a walking tour of Geneva including St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Reformation Museum, and Reformation Wall, where four statues of Reformation leaders stand as sentinels to truth and courage inspired by godly faith. After some free time, we will all gather for a farewell dinner. (B/D)
Day 13: Return
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for our return flights. (B/IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
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